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Westies blank Coginchaug
By MIKE MADERA
(September 12, 2019) - The West Haven boys soccer team used a solid effort to start the 2019 campaign in a 2-0 road victory over Coginchaug.
The West Haven defense came up big with a shut down effort and the offense got a pair of timely goals in the opening victory.
Brian Rivadera (26) and the West Haven defense shut down Coginchaug in a 2-0 opening day victory for the Westies, September 12, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Aldo Barragan led the West Haven offense with one goal and one assist, while John McLaughlin made seven saves, including five in the second half for the shutout.
"John (McLaughin) made some big saves in the second half to keep us in the game," West Haven coach Chris Cap said.
McLaughlin was big for the Westies throughout the contest as he helped keep the game scoreless with a pair of saves in the opening half.
Barragan finally got West Haven on the board when he gave the Westies a 1-0 lead off an assist from Luis Lopez at the 72 minute, 48 second mark.
Coginchaug had its opportunities in the second half, but McLaughlin kept the the hosts off the scoreboard, then received some cushion when Derick Meza scored at the 75:20 mark off an assist from Barragan for a 2-0 advantage.
Westies top Green Knights
By MIKE MADERA
(September 14, 2019) - After opening the 2019 season with a victory, the West Haven boys soccer team was looking to continue the run Saturday evening when cross-town rival Notre Dame visited Ken Strong Stadium.
Running out to a quick lead, West Haven had to rally after the Green Knights evened the score as West Haven defeated Notre Dame 3-2. With the victory, the Westies improved to 2-0 on the season.
Looking to set the pace of the contest, West Haven opened the scoring just 5 minutes, 34 seconds into the game when Brian Rivadera scored off an assist from Sebastian Nova. When Aldo Barragan scored on a penalty kick at the 34:41 mark, West Haven took a 2-0 lead to the half.
Notre Dame quickly forgot about the two-goal deficit as the Green Knights scored twice in a span of 3:17 to even the game at two. Nick Vitti scored both goals for Notre Dame, setting up West Haven’s late winner.
Barragan scored his second of the contest at the 62:48 mark, and just 5:23 after Vitti have evened the contest.
West Haven’s defense and goalkeeper John McLaughlin did the rest as McLaughlin finished with 10 saves in closing out the Green Knights.
Notre Dame held a 22-19 shot advantage in the contest. Zack Benson made eight saves in the loss for the Green Knights.